Prateek Vasireddy edited this page Apr 30, 2016 · 10 revisions


To secure your attachments by hiding the actual directory structure from prying eyes.

Configure Paperclip Defaults

Paperclip does not use hashing when generating attachment paths, by default:

# Highlighting default options related 
# to path/url generation and hashing

# => {
#     :hash_data=>":class/:attachment/:id/:style/:updated_at",
#     :hash_digest=>"SHA1",
#     :path=>":rails_root/public:url",
#     :url=>"/system/:class/:attachment/:id_partition/:style/:filename",
#    }

Add an initializer to modify this behavior:

# config/initializers/paperclip_defaults.rb

  url: "/system/:class/:attachment/:id_partition/:style/:hash.:extension",
  hash_secret: Rails.application.secrets.secret_key_base

This path depends on ruby :path=>":rails_root/public:url" , as specified in the default_options.

Adding the :hash interpolation to the path patters injects a hash generated from the :hash_secret and :hash_data options.

Generate a :hash_secret using SecureRandom.base64(128) from a rails console to generate a relatively secure random string.

Once you've got that set up, defining attachments requires no modifications to get the new hashing behavior (except perhaps restarting your development server):

class Profile
  has_attached_file :portrait